Nicole Kidman’s Uncle Terry pictorial for Harper’s Bazaar: awful or interesting?

UGH! Terry Richardson photographed Nicole Kidman for the November cover of Harper’s Bazaar. Gross, right? Nicole Kidman, who is trying to simultaneously prove that A) she’s just a down-home Nashville mom with two small daughters and B) that she’s still the sexiest, coolest actress around. Can those Two Nicoles exist simultaneously? Can The Two Nicoles co-exist in a monster-truck-themed Terry Richardson photo shoot? Ugh. Anyway, you can read Nicole’s full Bazaar piece here, and here are some highlights:

Taking on roles: “I attach, I attach so deeply that it’s quite scary for me. I’m drawn to the psychology of really interesting, flawed people.”

She’s reserved: “Yeah, I’m different than what they think I’m going to be,” she says of her perceived hauteur. “I’m reserved. I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert.”

Landing in New York in 1989: “I grew up with the song ‘New York, New York,’?” Nicole says. “I just remember getting off the plane and being completely overwhelmed.” She started auditioning, once for Ophelia in Hamlet at the Public Theater, directed by Kevin Kline, who she idolized. “I just crammed Ophelia into my brain. I felt very glad I trod the boards in front of Kevin Kline.”

The early years with Tom Cruise: Her career began an upswing, and later that year she met Cruise on the set of Days of Thunder. So started the period she now refers to as “fame by association.” In those early years, “it was like, ‘I’m here and I’m clutching onto your arm, and it all feels a little overwhelming and really strange,’ ” she recalls. “And I was shy. Deeply shy. I didn’t feel comfortable at all. But I felt very comfortable at home.”

Her career post-divorce: “I started to do what I’ve been doing since I was 14, with some gravitas.” It paid off: The supernatural thriller The Others was a hit, and she earned an Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia Woolf in The Hours. “Having your work be the basis of fame, that’s a far more stable feeling.”

Fame and work: “I don’t really celebrate fame because I get enough attention. I’m willing to step aside. And when I work, I work. Wholeheartedly.” Not surprisingly, Nicole has nothing to say publicly on Cruise’s divorce from Katie Holmes, characterizing her recent turn back in the gossip mill as “very, very fleeting. I’m not caught up in any of it. It’s not really a part of my life.”

The mythical work-family balance: “I’d love to say that it’s easy, but it isn’t. I miss them so much when I’m away. And so I limit the amount of time away through no other reason than I just love, I love them. But that’s my personality. I get 3 A.M. panics because I’m so attached.”

Her family, being married to Keith: “Time goes by so fast now, and having raised two little kids who are now adults and two new children in the world, it’s fleeting.” However, she has found permanence in her relationship with Urban. The couple, who met in 2005, have been married for six years. “He just gave me confidence,” she observes, “through just being very kind to me and understanding me, opening me up to trying things, my sexuality, those sorts of things.” After the adventure of Cruise, she characterizes Urban as “more like an ocean; he took me out.” She has always appreciated “a bigger, stronger personality; that’s what I’ve been drawn to. I need protection. Everyone wants to feel someone’s got their back.”

On the red carpet: “I make sure to wear comfortable dresses,” she explains, “because I want to be able to go out afterward and, you know, bend.” Her most famous look is the now legendary chartreuse Dior dress she wore to the Oscars in 1997. “It’s packed in a box with tissue paper, and it will be donated to a museum.” As for her other couture pieces, “whichever daughter loves clothes more will get dibs on all those. But I keep them in the same way that I’d keep a painting.”

Body image: “[It bothers me] Less as you get older. All of that other stuff becomes less important. Like, I’ve always had a little belly. I mean, now that I’m 45, they don’t say, ‘Oh, she’s pregnant!’ as much. But I’ve got skinny arms and legs, and then I’ve got a little belly.” But who cares when your legs go for miles? “In high, high shoes, that helps! Like a minx.”

Is she daring? “I would hate to go back and think, I wish I’d been a little braver”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

Well… sigh. I know the Kidman fan-girls are going to hit me for saying this, but I think Nicole is really full of it in this interview. She wants to be seen as more easy-going and relaxed and devil-may-care, but really… Nicole can’t hide what she is. It’s written all over her marble-like Botox-face. She’s neurotic, she cares too much, she’s a perfectionist, and she’s very tightly-wound. I actually rolled my eyes at “I make sure to wear comfortable dresses.” Botox, please. Nicole is all about the BIG fashion moments, and historically speaking, she cares more about the dress than her own comfort. Why can’t she own that? Is it not mom-friendly enough if she admits that she flat-out LOVES fashion and loves to have a high-impact moment on the red carpet?

Photos courtesy of Terry Richardson/Bazaar.

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  1. dooliloo says:

    The front cover is simply awful. Awful Awful Awful Awful!

    • V4Real says:

      I’m not saying that she doesn’t look good for her age but what’s with her channeling her inner Taylor Swift? Those poses look like poses a 22 year old would do.

      • savedbykittylitter says:

        Idem looks like Swifty’s mom, hate pervy Richardson low-class photoshoots but this one looks pretty decent love picture #2 and #3 , too tired to read the interview lol

    • Mimi says:

      Ditto, but some of the other shots are great, as much as it pains me to praise the creeper Richardson.

      • Kimlee says:

        Really I think there really bad.

        In theory the photoshot should have been good but they come off flat and life less, I can’t blame that on Nicole because her magazine photos from two weeks ago were good. These photos look like he photoshop Nicole into these pictures, Uncle Terry just seems way over rated.

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      The cover looks like a mashup of she and Amy Adams…had to click on the post just to personally verify it’s Kidman lol..weird

      • bluhare says:

        Thank you! I was trying to figure out who she looks like and you got it.

      • boka says:

        exactly my thought!

      • Elle says:

        Amy Adams resembles Nicole Kidman back in the days when she was natural looking and really did appear naturally beautiful. In the Moulin Rouge days before all the botox and the plastic surgery.

        Amy Adams also comes across as the likeable person that Kidman pretends to be.

        Still think Adams should actually be the one playing Grace Kelly in that new movie. Not Kidman.

      • dooliloo says:

        *SNAPS FINGERS* You got that effin’ right Emma!!!

      • Really? says:

        I’m getting a Lana Del Rey vibe in that last pic…

  2. carrie says:

    she looks great for me even her lips look good

  3. Raven says:

    In a word: No.

    • Raven says:

      Even though you are not me, I agree with you. She was so pretty and would have been pretty still if she hadn’t ruined her face.

  4. Brown says:

    All of his pictures look like they were taken on my iPhone. Low(no)budget, trashy, cheap, etc.

    Also, what is going on with her face on the cover?

  5. RN says:

    How does this man continue to get work? He takes attractive subjects and makes them look ugly. That’s his whole repertoire. Is this what American art is coming to?

  6. jen says:

    These are not Uncle Terry usual shots where are the slutty poses?

    • Rhea says:

      It’s still look like a budget photo shoot. But thank God Nicole at least didn’t do that slutty poses. I really don’t want to see her doing poses like Diaz…. o_0

  7. MissMe says:

    I’m not a huge fan, but she sounds fine to me in the interview. Glad she didn’t let uncle terry talk her into looking gross and desperate ala Cameron Diaz

    • mst says:

      I agree. I wouldn’t call myself a fangirl but I’ve always liked her, probably because I’m also a reserved person myself. I have a “friend of a friend” who met her in person and said she is very nice. Too bad she’s become box office poison.

  8. Nanea says:

    Creepy Terry again, ugh.

    After reading what Mila had to say about being pressured into doing things one doesn’t feel comfortable about, I wonder why so many females still work with that person.

    I somehow like the last one best, NK posing as an aircraft marshaller. At least one doesn’t have to look at her face too closely because of the artificial fog.

  9. Isa says:

    These photos belong is a Tonka truck magazine. Wtf.

  10. Cathy says:

    I like that blue dress in the next to last picture. It looks good on her. She needs to cut back on the botox though, her face is frozen.

  11. la chica says:

    This is his best work. I wonder how she ended up keeping her clothes on in every shot.

  12. Blue says:

    Seriously, wtf are these pictures? He’s taking pictures of some of the most in demand women in the world and I wonder if any of women ever said “no, I don’t want that creep taking my pictures.” If i was them I sure as hell would. He’s such a creeper, gross, inappropriate (to put it mildly) and all these women, willingly pose for him. Smh.

  13. Boo says:

    Why don’t any of these famous women just flat-out refuse to work with this perverted hairball photographer? WHY???

    Blue–you are right! I didn’t see your post before I posted!

  14. stellalovejoydiver says:

    Is that even a legitimate question? It´s Uncle Terry, of course it´s awful, less awful than the Esquire shoot, but the whole concept is just ridiculous, Nicole Kidman as some kind of pit babe, c´mon!
    Nicole always seems like an ice princess to me, beautiful, talented, intelligent but cold.

  15. epiphany says:

    Interesting that she describes herself as a person who becomes deeply attached, yet she seemingly walked away from Connor and Isabella (her kids with Cruise) without so much as a whimper. I’ve never read a good explanation from her as to how all that went down; it’s all very vague and noncommital, not at all what you would expect from a “deeply attached” person.

    • Boo says:

      I’m not at all sure that’s a fair assessment. After all that has come out about Scientology in the intervening years, perhaps we need to give Nicole a slight break.

  16. Hakura says:

    Couture clothing just DOES NOT work with monster trucks & enough crushed cars to look like she’s at the dump or something. I’m just NOT feeling this one.

    • anon33 says:

      Exactly. The garish colors and size of the trucks 100% detracts from the clothes and the subject. These are awful, just awful. Nicole actually looks good in most of them, but the art direction/concept is just WRONG.

      • Hakura says:

        She’s from a completely different world than the type of person who’d be into monster trucks.

        Nicole looks great physically, but… It may be the photo-shopping, but I do think her face looks a bit too mask-like. She can’t even have any facial expressions.

  17. Jennifer says:

    She looks better than she has in years. I don’t care for him, but he did a stellar job this time.

  18. Darlene says:

    Seriously “I have a little belly”?!? I’d kill for her “little belly”.

  19. Jayna says:

    I have to admit, I love the photos, and Nicole looks like the Nicole I loved. She is very introverted and maybe it’s what makes her a great actress. She’s always a little pretentious in interviews at times or maybe it’s that she’s trying to be too deep, but also at the same time she’s very self-deprecating and humble. I like Nicole and think living in Tennessee is great for her. She can lead a normal life, not in the fishbowl. I agree with her. I love to feel protected by a man, that tenderness.

  20. Talie says:

    I do think she’s an underrated actress, who is so daring…but beyond that, I agree, she is full of it in her personal life. She’ll never have the same freedom Katie Holmes now enjoys.

    • Jayna says:

      How so? She lives in Nashville with a great guy. My friend lives there and says they’re seen at restaurants, movies, going to the gym, etc., all the time and no one bothers them. Katie and her kid are hounded every day with paps in New York. Nicole doesn’t talk about COS. Guess what, neither does Katy. Nicole’s kids with Tom are grown, so no contact with Tom. Katy may be out of COS and her kid, but Tom will be in their lives for years. What freedom does Katy enjoy more than Nicole?

      • CF98 says:

        I’m guessing because Katie was the one who ended it she didn’t get dumped like Nicole was and cut out of her kids lives(although I always wondered if she really was that upset over that to begin with but I digress)

        Katie has something over him no way would Tom agree to let her have sole custody and he settle for mere visitation otherwise.

  21. bns says:

    I actually really like this shoot. Her face looks awful on the cover, though.

  22. Sandra Dee says:

    I love her, but I hate these pictures. She looks like Lyndsey Lohan in most of them. Why do these women agree to let that awful man photograph them?!?!

  23. Reece says:

    Why does he use so much flash? I like the one on the track with the checkered flag.

  24. Toot says:

    I hate that all these A list women photograph with that creep. These aren’t as gross as his usual stuff, but they’re not good either.

    I hope my fave never photographs with him. Hasn’t happened yet. Fingerscrossed.

  25. lower-case deb says:

    omg. that front page.
    what is uncle terry on?!!!
    Nicole Kidman looks like the Killer Bunny of Caerbannog with a case of Ceiling Eyes.


    well. i s’pose it’s for the Halloween edition.

    • ms. heart says:

      that just nails it. hahaha. great!
      I was going to say she looks like Geri Halliwell, or whatever her name is, the spice girl, but bunny on meth is more like it.

  26. Ella says:

    “…opening me up to trying things, my sexuality, those sorts of things.” Ew. Ew ew, ew ew ew. Ew.

  27. Jackie O says:

    great actress who has wonderful taste in red carpet dresses, but when she tries to sell us with, ‘having raised two little kids who are now adults’…

    who is she kidding??

    totally agree with kaiser, she never owns who she really is.

  28. Lou says:

    It’s so sad that she feels the need to do that to her face because she is such an amazing actress – The Others,To Die For, Rabbit Hole, The Hours and a proper movie star- Moulin Rouge

  29. poppy says:

    wth, lana del rey meets to die for meets days of thunder? was this the ‘creative genius’ of terry alone or the mind blowing collaberation of him, the editor, and nicole? regardless, horrible.

    uncle terry got the memo the white backdrop/super strobe is played out. still with the amped up strobe. catherine ledner did it way better way back in the day without all the pervy t&a.
    still think he gets so much editorial work because he’s giving the clients what they want (ie prostitutes, fancy drugs, expense accounts legitimized) -there is something he’s doing to get work and it ain’t the quality of his photography.

    yes, you can call it art solely because it makes everyone want to take a shower after viewing it. it elicits strong responses. doesn’t take much talent to go with the lowest creepy denominator and pretend your lack of technical skill is because you’re being ‘ironic’. hipster doofus pervert.

  30. lisa2 says:

    I don’t understand the mind set of these women that are flocking to have their pictures taken by this hack.. yes hack. And the pictures may not be “bland” as someone said up thread.. but they are also not memorable or iconic. They don’t stay in you mind as something unique or interesting longer then the first look. How many other pictorials has he done and is anyone talking about them. NOPE so I think a lot of these women are just desperate to show some opposite image. You don’t do that in a picture. You do that in your work.

    I don’t like them. Not because they are trashy but they are not memorable or interesting.

  31. bondbabe says:

    Girlfriend has some seriously fantastic legs!!!!

  32. Luffy says:

    I feel like this is more suited for more of a younger rhianna type than an older, refined, mother, hollywood actress.

  33. Mara says:

    I a really big fan of Nicole i find her very beautiful and unique very talented to .

  34. Micki says:

    Well Keiser, I’m sure she CAN bend in her dresses even if they look uncomfortably high fasion. She is not Beyonce-type perfectionist who needs help to climb the stairs.

  35. hillbillyinthecorner says:

    I do not get those photographs really….thats like photographing a greyhound dressed up like a poodle ….It don’t work stiff, to contrived to NOT Nicole Kiddman…..and that cover looks like they crossed that actress Amy Adams and a young Cher with Red Hair….
    This guy is suppose to be a great Photographer…I have yet to see something that shows that…

  36. Barrett says:

    I like what she considers a belly!

  37. mimi (a different one) says:

    Those are her worst pictures ever taken.

    Absolutely trashy and ruins all the beauty and class act in her.

    Why do these actresses agree to be photigraphed by him?

  38. Chicagogurl17 says:

    Who makes that last dress. The only thing I like about the photo shoot.

  39. mememe says:

    It’s Blahhhh.

  40. jilly says:

    My only problem with these photos is that she gets upstaged by the background. The figure is supposed to stand out. There’s way too much depth-of-field and clutter in these photos.

  41. Lurkeelee says:

    I just can’t with her interviews. She always tries to be convincing the reader of what she wants you to think of her, kind of like Gwinnie P. I do like her very much as an actress as I think she is very versatile, so can’t hate on her. She knows her craft. As for Uncle Terry, I just don’t get why he is a famous photographer as his pics seem rather amateurish or maybe I just don’t get his “art”. He also seems like a really big old creep IMO.

  42. Pamspam says:

    Remember when she used to look like Nicole Kidman?

  43. A Fan says:

    I vote UN-interesting.

    She doesn’t have a lot of magnetism. Or sex appeal.

  44. Bones says:

    Why is Terry Richardson a thing?

  45. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    Honestly, this interview was one huge, massive eye roll for me.

  46. KC says:

    Every single one of those shots is all kinds of awkward.

  47. LaurainAZ says:

    Her face looks weird(er than usual) on the cover. At first I thought it was the nose, but now I’m pretty sure it’s her upper lip. It looks puffy and weirdly shaped.

    The rest of the photo shoot is more interesting than most of Uncle Terry’s basement pedo-shoots.
    I still hate Terry Richardson.

  48. judyjudy says:

    The shoot is kind of a throw-back to her Days of Thunder days, no?

  49. foozy says:

    since it seems to be a trend to slice a decade or two off celebrities on mag covers, all over the world, i beg to differ. i think she looks fantastic. what a figure!!!!!

  50. dcypher1 says:

    Shes just ur typical boring, overachieving actress. Shes anything but a downhome nashville girl nicole please ur from sydney.

  51. Nibbi says:

    Um, she looks AMAZING. best she has looked in years. her return real-looking (if young) haircolor is gorgeous. she looks kinda like… her old self.

    the photoshoot is interesting, too… the colors and scenes are a lot brighter and more interesting that the typical Richardson coked-out sexpot dead room thing. i even like the clothes. ack…

  52. Kitty says:

    I read the Harper’s Bazaar interview, but can you really believe any of it? I think not. Kidman has been lying to the public for years.